HP Announces the OMEN X Laptop

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 14 Comments

HP Announces the OMEN X Laptop

HP this week announced the OMEN X Laptop, which the PC maker describes as its most powerful gaming laptop yet.

“Built for gaming enthusiasts and e-sports athletes seeking uncompromised performance, the OMEN X Laptop with Windows 10 is built to support virtual reality, while engineered with thermal tech to support unlocked CPUs and factory-overclocked GPUs,” Microsoft’s Mollie Ruiz-Hopper writes. “Plus, it’s packed with memory options for unparalleled gaming performance in a stunning design with customizable lighting.”

If you’re familiar with HP’s gaming laptop efforts over the past few years, you know that the firm has released, in turn, some pretty impressive devices. But the OMEN X Laptop, which takes on the “X” branding from the highly-configurable OMEN X desktop, is all the more impressive.

The HP OMEN X Laptop can be configured with a 17-inch 4K display or a 17-inch 120 Hz 1080p display, HP says. Either way, you get NVIDIA G-sync for the smoothest possible display.

All configurations are VR-ready, meaning that they meet the standards for popular PC-based VR solutions—like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift—as well as for Windows Mixed Reality. The device is powered by 7th generation Intel Core i7 processors that are unlocked for overclocking, XMP memory options for memory overclocking, and factory-overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards.

Storage options include standalone HDD, PCIe-based HDD + SSD, and RAID0 SSD. The Laptop uses four 3.5mm heat pipes, four rear-corner-mounted radiators, and high-performance fans for heat management.

But the big story here in a way is that the OMEN X Laptop is very configurable, much like its desktop counterparts. And it provides single panel access to storage and RAM, so that these user serviceable components can be easily upgraded at any time. And it provides excellent expandability, with three full-size USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, a full-sized HDMI 2.0a port with HDR support, a Mini DisplayPort port, Ethernet, a multi-format media card reader, and dual audio jacks, each with separate microphone and headset jacks.

The HP Omen X Laptop will start at $1199 when it becomes available this holiday season. You can find out more at the HP website.


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Comments (14)

14 responses to “HP Announces the OMEN X Laptop”

  1. Jules Wombat

    Yeah OK, I would love now to be considered as an "e-sports athlete"

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to Jules_Wombat:

      As you should.

      E-sports is now a two billion dollar a year industry. Events draw tens of thousands of fans and streaming of e-sports now has topped streaming of baseball and football.

      The professional athletes that compete in the top teams make millions of dollars and travel the world to compete. They also typically train 14 hours per day. These are not the typical casual gamer.

      And, like old-style sports athletes, they have a problems with "performance enhancing" drugs and contract disputes with their leagues and teams.

  2. Martin Pelletier

    I like the look. And seem to be a great gaming laptop. With 2 USB-C Thunderbolt. Well Paul, you have to get one of those as your main PC :)

  3. Tony Barrett

    At a starting price of $1999, you're going to have to be a real enthusiast with very deep pockets.

    Seriously though, this slow climb manufacturers have been making into this ultra-high end premium PC market is very strange. It's all Microsoft's fault by pricing the very average Surface the way they did. Now, they're all at it. Unless I was totally minted, there's no way on earth I'd pay that for a *windows* PC, ever. It just seems ridiculous, and must take a huge amount of R&D/manufacturing budget for very few comparative sales.

  4. RobertJasiek

    Although I never need a gaming computer or buy red-colour design, they do get some things right: number block included, normal-sized arrow keys, no ugly labels of the Core / Windows inside kind. These days, such common sense is impressive because many other manufacturers condemn the endconsumers WRT these aspects.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      This is a full size, full weight, full power 17" high end laptop and not a 13" ultrabook pretending to be "professional" grade hardware.

      All designs are optimized for something and when you optimize for size and weight you give up things like a full size keyboard and easily replaceable components and a separate number pad and lots of full size ports.

      When Apple promoted Steve Jobs' fetish for thin and light computers everybody else copied those trade-offs and we ended up with less functional laptops (but very thin and very light less functional laptops)

      As to the Core and Windows stickers, you do realize those peel right off and that they're usually removed before taking advertising photos, right?

  5. Bats

    I only have one thing to say....."e-sports athletes" ? ????

  6. Wizzwith

    OK I know size is obviously not a consideration in a laptop like this, but I still hate wasted space, and holy crap those bezels are big.  They could fit a 18 or 19 incher in there!  Why waste it!  Those expansive bottom bezels especially drive me nuts. 

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